New York, NY – Current New York City Mayor Eric Adams blasted former Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday and accused him of falsely reporting a crime when he claimed he was assaulted in a Staten Island grocery store over the weekend.
“You can’t use the police to carry out your own agenda,” Adams ranted at a press briefing on June 28, according to WNYW.
Police arrested a New York grocery store employee whom the 78-year-old Giuliani claimed struck him on the back and called him obscene names while the septuagenarian was campaigning for his son’s gubernatorial bid.
The incident occurred just before 3:30 p.m. on June 26 in a ShopRite grocery store located in Staten Island, the New York Post reported.
Giuliani was chatting with a group of his son Andrew’s supporters when he felt something hit him from behind.
“All of a sudden, I feel this ‘Bam!’ on my back,” Giuliani said. “I don’t know if they helped me not fall down, but I just about fell down, but I didn’t.”
Surveillance video from inside ShopRite showed a person approached the former mayor from behind and delivered a slap to his back, then kept going.
“I feel this tremendous pain in my back, and I’m thinking, what the — I didn’t even know what it was,” he explained to the New York Post. “All of a sudden, I hear this guy say, ‘You’re a f–king scumbag,’ then he moves away so nobody can grab him.”
The former mayor of the Big Apple said his attacker was yelling about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Giuliani called in to Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa’s radio show on WABC and told him about what had happened, the New York Post reported.
He told Sliwa the slap felt like “somebody shot me.”
“Luckily, I’m a 78 year old who is in pretty good shape,” the former mayor added. “If I wasn’t, I would have hit the ground and probably cracked my skull.”
Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor and a legendarily tough-on-crime former city leader, said he felt it was his duty to call the police about the grocery store incident, the New York Post reported.
“I say to myself, ‘You know something? I gotta get this guy arrested,’” he explained. “I talk about ‘broken windows’ theory all the time. You can’t let the little things go.”
Police arrested 39-year-old Daniel Gil inside the store, the New York Post reported.
Sources said Gil with initially charged with second-degree assault involving a person over age 65.
But the current mayor of the Big Apple saw the video and Giuliani’s statements about the incident in a very different way, WNYW reported.
“I looked at the video, and someone needs to remind former Mayor Giuliani that falsely reporting a crime is a crime,” said Adams.
The mayor, a former transit police captain for the city, said that Gil would face charges based on Giuliani’s account of the incident, WNYW reported.
“And from what he stated about being punched in the head, ‘it felt like a bullet.’ What he stated, there was a lot of creativity and I think the district attorney has the wrong person that he is investigating,” Adams said.
“To falsely report a crime is a crime,” the mayor added.
He said that without the video, police likely would have taken the former tough-on-crime politician at his word.
“If that video wasn’t there, then this person would have been charged with punching the former mayor,” Adams explained. “He would have been charged with all these offenses that did not materialize.”
“I saw that video… when you look at the video, the guy basically walked by and patted him on the back,” he continued. “I don’t know if he said ‘congratulations’ – I don’t know what he said to him. But it was clear that he was not punched in the head, it was clear that it didn’t ‘feel like a bullet,’ it was clear that he wasn’t about to fall to the ground.”
“It was clear that he had a lot of creativity and sensationalism that caused this person to be arrested,” the mayor added.
Adams said he wouldn’t let Giuliani falsely report a crime in his city to further a political agenda.